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Pleistocene hunter-gatherers


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

“Propedeuse Archeologie” and Vroege Prehistorie obtained.


The lectures focus on the interdisciplinary study of early human behaviour. The lectures are based on a critical evaluation of recent scientific papers. Issues to be discussed range from the use of C14-dating, site formation processes to technology, resource use, social networks and gender.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding key-methods and issues in palaeolithic archaeology and the study of hunter-gatherer societies;

  • Ability to assess the role of archaeological data in the context of interdisciplinary studies of the past;

  • Critical analysis of scientific papers;

  • Scientific writing.

Mode of delivery

  • Lectures;

  • Discussion.


  • Two essays;

  • Participation.

Reading list

A list of papers will be made available.

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.